CFP: 19th Century Black Southern Writers (5/2/07; journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
Sherita L. Johnson
contact email: 

Please post the following announcement for a special issue of The Southern
Quarterly on the UPenn Call for Papers in English and American Literature
mailing list and website:

The Southern Quarterly solicits papers for a special issue, "'My Southern Home':
The Life and Literature of 19th Century Southern Black Writers," scheduled for
publication in Spring 2008. This special issue will provide a critical survey
of the experiences of African Americans, either as slaves or free people, who
considered the South their home throughout the nineteenth century despite the
social conflicts they might have encountered while living in the region. It
will feature those African Americans who, as southerners, wrote about matters
of race and region in their fiction, poetry, plays, speeches/essays, and/or
autobiographies. Contributors to this issue may examine a specific writer(s),
various modes of writing (from fictionalized autobiographies to political
essays) that were produced by black southerners, and/or significant topics
(e.g. the "race problem") that appear in their works. Welcome are papers that
also concentrate on definitions of southernness that contest an imagined, pure
antebellum southern culture as well as a constructed, white hegemonic
post-bellum southern identity. Discussions of the regional literature that will
appear in this special edition of The Southern Quarterly will provide a literary
historical context for understanding the southern sense of "place" that
influenced so many African American writers throughout the 20th century and
even today. All entries (20-30pgs) should be sent to the following address:

Dr.Sherita L. Johnson, Guest Editor
The Southern Quarterly
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5078
Hattiesburg, MS 39402-5078

For all inquiries, contact Sherita L. Johnson at or
Douglas Chambers at

Papers should be submitted in 12 pt. Times New Roman, MSWord on diskette or
CD-ROM. Use endnotes, with a full bibliography (MLA or Chicago Manual Style).
Electronic submissions should be sent to For general
guidelines, visit The Southern Quarterly's website ( Send
manuscript submissions by May 2, 2007.


Thank you,

Sherita L. Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, African American Literature
Department of English
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5037
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
(601)266-5757 (fax)

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